Economic & Social Analysis

A main strategic direction given in the OSPAR thematic strategy on biological diversity and ecosystems is the further development and implementation of tools such as marine spatial planning, impact assessment and socio-economic assessment, in order to achieve the reduction in pressures which are adversely affecting the marine environment, and the sustainable use of ecosystem goods and services. The need for the re-establishment of the OSPAR group on economic and social analysis arose from the recognition by OSPAR Contracting Parties that the (by that time) forthcoming Intermediate Assessment in 2017 and the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive initial assessment would benefit from a more coherent economic description of the marine environment at OSPAR level.